Manchester and North Carolina are coming together in an act of international solidarity to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with a transatlantic musical event.
Dr Kevin Malone, head of composition at the University of Manchester, has written two special works for the 45-minute public event to be held simultaneously at Imperial War Museum North (IWMN) and Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel in North Carolina.
The two venues will be connected by live audio-video transmission as Brits and Americans unite to remember the victims of the tragedy which shook the world ten years ago.
Dr Malone, an American living in Manchester, said: “The artists for this musical event were drawn from different parts of the world to symbolise a sense of international solidarity as we recall the depth of this tragedy.”
“As an American in Manchester I feel that this tragedy resonated with me more than any other event since I moved to England in the 1980s. I felt there had to be a response which included orchestras, soloists and voices, to portray the range of emotional responses that the world had,” he added.
The Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Scottish conductor Mark Heron, will premiere the first work, E Pluribus Unum, at IWMN. The second premiere will be Angels and Fireflies, played by members of the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra with solo flutist Tadeu Coehlo in North Carolina.
A Union Jack flag recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Centre will be displayed at IWMN for the first time prior to the performance.
The performance begins at 4pm on Sunday, September 11 and entry is free. Visit www.iwm.org.uk/north for more information.